Monday, September 24, 2007


Did anyone ever see that horrible movie with Kevin Costner? Me, neither. Of course, I don't suppose anyone would really have to qualify a Kevin Costner movie as horrible as most of his movies are (with the exceptions of Robin Hood, Bull Durham, and Field of have my sincerest apologies if I've failed to mention some Costner movie that you love.) What am I talking about here?? This post has nothing to do with Kevin Costner at all. It was just a title. You know how I like to think I'm all clever. The post is actually about water.

A happily greywatered plant in a sadly blurry photograph.

I have had one of those "why didn't I think of that already?" moments. About water. Watering plants to be precise. I read on Green as a Thistle about greywater. I'm sure that loads of you have already heard about this, but I hadn't so I feel like I've stumbled onto something really, really fantastic. Think about how much water you nonchalantly pour down the drain everyday. If you're like me, it's a lot...between unconsumed glasses of water, water used for steaming S's meals, water that makes it into the giant Pronto Pup cup for Otis but not into his water bowl lest it overflow. Lots and lots of water needlessly poured out. Then, think about how much water you use for watering plants. Houseplants, plants on the front porch, plants in the garden. Lots and lots of water required. What if you could reconcile the "lots and lots of water" lists into just one thing? I started today. After I steamed a pear for S, I poured the leftover water into one of the plants in the dining room. When I rounded up the glasses of water that I had scattered around the house yesterday, I poured them into a couple of other plants. The next time I run across some extra water, I'm going to start filling up the giant watering can that I use for the outdoor plants. It's amazingly simple, isn't it? I'm beside myself with glee at the thought of being able to do such a small thing that will make me feel so much better. Three cheers for greywater. And seriously, why didn't I think of this before?

Jack in the box? Nope. S in a box.

1 comment:

die Frau said...

That is ridiculously simple and brilliant. It would certainly help me keep some of my poor plants alive (I am great at killing plants) and any water that has food bits in there will mulch them with a few extra nutrients.

Adorable picture of S!